Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Carlton County sees 'positive results' from new program


County Attorney Tom Pertler addressed the county board on the relatively new Adult Diversion Program for first-time possible felony offenders at Carlton County Board of Commissioners Adjourned Meeting on April 23. Pertler commented, “This program is tailored to first time low level offenders such as people who do not pay their child support and lose their license to drive. In that case, under an agreement to pay the licenses are re-instated so a person can drive to work.”

Pertler continued “Low level offenders are referred to anger management and financial planning, for example, to avoid being convicted as a felon. The County hired a private company to set up this process. This program has seen positive results.”

Assistant County Engineer Milt Hagen reported bid results for Carlton Transportation’s private contractor equipment rental and supplies for 2018. The commissioners approved a gravel crushing bid to Rydberg & Sons at $3.36/cubic yard for the Nordstrom Pit site and $4.79/cubic yard at the Atkinson Pit.

Tri-City Paving will provide liquid dust control at $0.93/gallon. Bids on equipment rental remain on file for use in case current county equipment is unable to complete work needed during this 2018 fiscal year.

Several private contractors are in discussions with the county about staffing and operation of a county transitional housing proposal. Several sites have been considered in northeast Carlton County. Providers are to have proposals in by May 18.

A decision to offer a three-year contract to County Engineer JinYeene Neumann who is now completing her first year of employment will occur at the first regular meeting of May. Commissioner Gary Peterson remarked, “This is a good time to implement the evaluation process for department heads. It is one of our planning goals.” There was no action taken on implementation at this time.

Carlton County Medical Examiner A. Quinn Strobel, MD, based out of Ramsey, reported on 2017 activities and noted there were five deaths due to motor vehicle crashes with only one alcohol related. Three deaths were associated with methamphetamine use. Twenty seven autopsies were conducted out of a total of 242 cases considered. There were no homicides, 13 suicides, and six deaths due to substance abuse; 189 cremations were approved.

Peterson reported there is legislation being considered to raise the age for the purchase of tobacco products to 21. On Peterson’s suggestion the Board concurred that someone from Minnesotans for a Smoke Free Future should come to give a presentation of their efforts in this area.


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